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Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry

Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry

From US$ 30 per person

Take a ferry ride to the grounds of Fort Sumter, where America’s deadliest war began. Explore the grounds at Fort Sumter National Monument and visit the Museum there.

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Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the grounds of Fort Sumter National Monument
  • Cruise to Fort Sumter from Liberty Square or Patriot's Point
  • Listen to knowledgable National Park Rangers tell stories about the Civil War's first battle
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Enjoy 2 convenient ferry departure points: Liberty Square in downtown Charleston or Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant. See the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge as you ride the ferry along, and take in sights of Charleston’s stately Rainbow Row and Battery homes. 

As you approach Fort Sumter, graceful sailboats and playful dolphins add to the photogenic scene. If you depart from Mt. Pleasant you will enjoy views of the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier from up-close, while tours embarking from downtown will see Aquarium Wharf as they depart and return. Arrive at The Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, which sits prominently at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, a strategic location that was crucial to its defense.  While here, explore the grounds of Fort Sumter. Stand on the grounds where America’s deadliest war began at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park. The first shots were fired here, igniting a conflict that saw more than 700,000 casualties.

Experience the opening battle of the American Civil War and explore its origins with a National Park Ranger. Your approximate 1-hour visit to Fort Sumter allows ample time to explore well-preserved fort ruins and browse Museum Store souvenirs. A visit to Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park provides a window into the life and trials of America’s heroes, from the Civil War to today’s modern conflicts.

Learn about the events leading to the war from knowledgeable National Park Rangers who will relay stories of courageous heroes in action from the Civil War’s first battle. Walk in the steps of those who shaped this nation alongside a National Park Ranger. Then enjoy the beautiful views of the city as you ride the ferry back to Charleston.

Includes
  • Fort Sumter Ferry
  • Fort Sumter National Monument Admission
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Intoxication

Know before you go

  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, some areas and services may be restricted. Please check with the attraction for details.
  • Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, but they are not allowed inside the fort’s museum
  • Outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Beer and wine will be available for purchase on the return boat trip only.
  • Tours run rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 512 reviews

Review summary

  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5

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If you're interested in Civil War history, you don't want to miss this tour. Our guide on the approximately 20 minute ferry ride to Fort Sumter was extremely knowledgeable, so much so that we opted to tour the fort on our own rather than follow a guide there. What remains of the fort gives a good feel for what it must have been, and the views from there of the other forts are clearly marked and provide plenty of information. We had an hour before catching the ferry back, but I could have spent two hours or more in the museum alone. The original US flag that flew there is quite moving.

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November 20, 2021

I am a Civil War buff so I enjoyed visiting the fort. The tickets had to be purchased on line so my National Park Pass didn't count. I felt the tickets were a bit expensive, The 30 minute ferry ride was enjoyable. We were limited to time at the fort so we never had time to visit the museum.

November 5, 2021

Well worth the 20+ minute boat ride to the island. Our tour guide was excellent. She was very knowledgeable , professional , and personable. The visit to Fort Sumter was well worth the price and time. We were honored to be on the island for the flag raising which was very moving and memorable.

October 31, 2021

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